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ERIC Number: ED405311
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct-4
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Community Relationships: The Key to School Success. (An Interview with Elaine Griffin, National Teacher of the Year.)
Oliver, Brad E.
The 1995 National Teacher of the Year, Elaine Griffin, teaches on Kodiak Island, Alaska. Her experiences reinforce her belief in the importance of strong school-community ties and close relationships between teachers and families. Shared staffing in this remote rural environment has allowed the teachers time away for travel and other experiences. Griffin stresses the need for beginning teachers to understand the importance of the family and to show empathy for the family, thus strengthening the family unit at a time when its stability is threatened. This empathy also allows beginning teachers to understand what is meaningful in the life of their students and to show students how education can allow them to further those things that are already meaningful to them. Community relationships are most important in creating an unbreakable bond with each student, parent, and staff member based on mutual respect and admiration. When everyone in the community assumes responsibility for education, quality education based on partnership and mutual trust is possible. Successful schools require commitment to relationships with the community. (JLS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alaska